Catalog No. (F17)
Enameled stoneware, figural, 0.25L, hand-marked “56”.
Kasper (or Kasperle [Little Kasper]) is a character in German puppet theater with roots dating back to the middle ages. His often slapstick style of comedy echos that of the early court jesters on which he is based. He is regularly seen in the company of Grethl, whose role varies from friend to sister to wife, depending on the production.
This is one of a series of eleven figural steins designed by Franz Ringer, manufactured by Merkelbach & Wick, and then hand-enameled, probably at the Jacob Reinemann facility in Munich. Most have been seen only in a ¼-liter size and were apparently made specifically for children. They typically carry an incised “J. Reinemann/München” bottom mark and a hand-painted decoration number (49–59).
See also Girl with Dolls and Flowers,
Gnome with Mushroom Hat,
Hans in Luck,
Little Red Riding Hood,
Price Range: $600-$800